2018 Lexus GX460 – On & Off-Road Test Review – By Matt Barnes

Badged as the Toyota Land Cruiser Prado worldwide, the Lexus GX460 is a luxuriously adorned version for the United States and other upscale markets. The underpinnings are as durable as one would expect from a Toyota product with all the luxury of a Lexus. Interior The GX460 is a very luxurious vehicle with all the features you would expect in a Lexus. The leather is soft and supple, with heated and ventilated seats. The second row has heated seats, but not ventilated. The steering wheel is also heated. The middle row captain’s chairs are comfortable and allow easy access to the 3rd row. With the commonality of high-quality mobile devices, the rear seat entertainment system feels dated and is an option we would skip. The system is easy to use, and the included headphones have good sound quality. Climbing into the third-row seats, we find that they are a little …

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Cadillac Unveils Three Row 2020 XT6 CUV Ahead of NAIAS

With the ferocity unseen by the brand in recent years, the once car focused Cadillac has rapidly revamped and expanded its lineup of utility offerings. Once territory that was occupied most successfully by the Cadillac Escalade (review pending,) the luxury brand has added the XT4 and the XT5 in its arsenal to try and allow it to expand its reach in the hotly contested CUV segment. But a void always existed between the XT5 and the Escalade, and Cadillac has addressed this by unveiling its newest XT badged offering, the 2020 Cadillac XT6. When its exterior styling is looked over at first glance, we are disappointed that it lacks some of the visual presence that defines the bigger Cadillac Escalade. The look is rather handsome in its own right, but considering that rivals like the Lincoln Aviator have made a bigger splash with their design aesthetic, the Cadillac’s method of …

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Lincoln Unveils 2020 Aviator, Second Attempt Brings New Tech, Flair To Luxury SUV Market

Lincoln is out to up its presence in the utility segment and while entries such as the Navigator, Nautilus, and MKC have helped spearhead this effort, a notable omission void has always existed between the Navigator and the Nautilus. Lincoln is out to solve that problem, and has unveiled the 2020 Lincoln Aviator to not only pump some juice back into the segment, but also showcasing the next step in Lincoln’s broader transformation plan. While the Aviator in its current form is all new, the reappearance of the moniker is actually the second attempt Lincoln has made to try and make it work with customers. The original 2002-2005 Aviator was also based on the Explorer, but its V8 only powertrain and its Navigator inspired suit of clothes did little to boost its tepid sales figures, as well as eliminate the obvious badge engineering that customers noticed when they nestled behind …

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2019 Subaru ASCENT Premium – Road Test Review – By Ben Lewis

We’ve always admired that Subaru stays true to its roots. A clever mix of marketing and engineering makes Subie owners set apart from the crowd. And in an age where so many brands seem to offer similar products, that difference is a fresh and welcome breeze. That said, Subaru doesn’t operate in a vacuum – they have to offer vehicles that buyers want. A perfect example is the 3-row crossover. Right now, that 7-passenger capability is a hot ticket, and we’ve seen everything from the new VW Tiguan to Kia Sorento stepping up to snag a bite of that apple. One Giant Step for Subaru Enter the Ascent, Subaru’s all-new, family-size, 3-row SUV. And as a matter of fact, the largest Subaru ever offered for sale. We should note that it’s not the maker’s first whack at the segment way back in 2008 they introduced the Tribeca. More of a …

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2019 Mercedes-AMG GLS63 – Road Test Review – By Matt Barnes

With a $125,000 base price, the Mercedes GLS 63 AMG is out of range for many people. For those who have the wherewithal and need to haul six people, it is an excellent — and perhaps only — choice. Featuring a hand assembled AMG 5.5 liter twin turbo (Mercedes calls it a biturbo) V8 with 577 horsepower and 561 torque, the GLS AMG has only one three-row performance competitor: the 475 horsepower Dodge Durango SRT 392.  [Audi is not bringing the diesel SQ7 to the USA.] When it comes to luxury, the Mercedes is at the top in this class. Everything inside looks and feels like it’s made of the highest quality materials. The dials are heavy and solid, and every turn is deliberate. Every surface is soft touch, the infotainment system was easy to use and well-integrated, and the seats are adjustable to be comfortable for nearly anyone. As …

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2019 Kia Sorento SXL AWD – Road Test Review – By Ben Lewis

We’re suckers for a good ad campaign. And when we saw the new Kia Sorento ad, with it climbing a heinous off-road course at Hell’s Gate, Moab, Utah, we thought – “hey, we haven’t been in a Sorento in a while”. Time to make that right. Well, it’s a perfect time to test the ’19 Sorento, as it features some significant upgrades that take this likable 3-row crossover a step up in the desirability department. Devilishly Handsome. The Sorento has always been a good-looking piece, with an upscale-vibe and a rugged square-shouldered look. Its last complete redesign was in 2016.  For 2019, it’s even more attractive with a revised front end with new headlamp configuration bracketing a new grille. On SX models like ours, you get added bling with full LED lighting, and the “ice-cube” style fog lights that are shared with other models, including the Sportage we recently reviewed. …

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2018 Dodge Durango SRT 392 – MEGA Photo Gallery – By Matt Barnes

Check out the rave review of this muscle-truck over here too!   2018 Dodge Durango SRT 392 – Road Test Review + GIFs – By Matt Barnes     2018 Dodge Durango SRT 392 – Road Test Review + GIFs – By Matt Barnes     You May Also Like:2018 Dodge Durango SRT 392 – Road Test Review + GIFs – By Matt Barnes The SRT 392 Durango is by far the best-looking Durango produced to date. The SRT package takes the Durango from mundane to monstrous. As we spent more time with it, the Durango just kept growing on us to the point that we didn’t want to return it. Exterior It’s nice to know that the hood vents and scoop are real and have an actual purpose, something not seen on many vehicles today, performance or otherwise. The SRT 392 sits lower than the standard Durango and has …

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2018 Dodge Durango SRT 392 – Road Test Review + GIFs – By Matt Barnes

The SRT 392 Durango is by far the best-looking Durango produced to date. The SRT package takes the Durango from mundane to monstrous. As we spent more time with it, the Durango just kept growing on us to the point that we didn’t want to return it. Exterior It’s nice to know that the hood vents and scoop are real and have an actual purpose, something not seen on many vehicles today, performance or otherwise. The SRT 392 sits lower than the standard Durango and has a more aggressive stance with wider tires. The black dual racing stripes that run the full length of the vehicle on the White Knuckle paint are what really pronounce that this Durango is unique. Without the stripes, it would be a true sleeper. Red Brembo brake calipers can be seen from behind the 20-inch low gloss black 5-spoke rims. Our test vehicle was equipped …

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Car Manufacturers Can Now Collect and Sell Your Personal Data. What are the Implications?

Your car isn’t just on the road anymore – it is fast becoming part of the ever-expanding internet of things. Information on your vehicle, you and your driving habits are now being harvested by tech companies and car manufacturers can now collect and sell your personal data. But what are the implications of this for the everyday driver? “Warning, Unsafe Driver” Newer cars are able to collect detailed data about the vehicle’s state and the driver’s driving habits. For example, the car can collect data on how hard and fast the driver brakes and accelerates. This data is already starting to be used by insurers to determine how high your car insurance rate should be. Car insurance companies are currently offering drivers potential discounts for signing up, and bad drivers could eventually see their insurance rates skyrocket in the future. Insight into the Car’s Insides When the car stores data …

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